Katharine Rawdon

The American Flutist enjoys a multifacted career as performer, teacher, and composer. Originally from California, she resides in Portugal since 1988, performing as a soloist in recitals and concerti, as a chamber musician with a special interest in contemporary music. She was Principal Flute of the Orquestra Sinfónica Portuguesa during 25 years.
She has performed by invitation at two National Flute Association (U.S.) conventions, as well as across the United States, Europe, and India. With chamber groups such as Musicâmera, OrquestrUtópica, Syrinx: XXII, Syrinxello, Amorphous Consort, and the Manhattan Wind Quintet, she has premiered many dozens of works playing the complete flute family, from piccolo to contrabass flute. With the Manhattan Wind Quintet, she won first prize in the Artists’ International Debut Competition and in the Yellow Springs International Chamber Music Competition.
She is recognized by the legendary flute-maker Powell Flutes of Boston as a Powell Artist and is known as an inspiring teacher, presenting masterclasses throughout Portugal, in New York City, and Philadelphia. Her compositions have been performed in Portugal, France, Australia, and the United States. Her essays about music are published online by Serenade Magazine and Flute Journal.
She has performed under Leonard Bernstein in the Tanglewood Fellowship Orchestra, at Carnegie Hall and Carnegie Recital Hall, and toured Europe as a Thomas J. Watson Fellow. She holds degrees from Pomona College (Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa), the Manhattan School of Music (Masters in Music, with honors), and ESART of the Instituto Politécnico de Castelo Branco (Título de Especialista), where she teaches since 2009.

November 17, 2022
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